Laura Gilchrist teaches 6th grade science and social studies in the North Kansas City School District (MO). In 2014, Laura was honored with Teacher of the Year in her district, Christa McAuliffe Pioneer in Education Award from the Northland Chamber of Commerce, Stars of the Classroom honoree from the Missouri Lottery and the Kansas City Royals and BAMMY! finalist for Middle School Teacher. In addition, Laura was honored as a Missouri Teacher of the Year finalist in 2014.
Laura is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.
Laura has built a reputation for connecting people and ideas and for making things happen. As co-organizer of EdcampKC and founder of edcamp learning at her own school, Laura is passionate about teacher-driven professional development. She believes strongly that teacher learning is just as important as student learning since teachers are the lead learners and role models for kids. She uses technology choices to empower her students in collaborative project based learning. Read her blog at lauragilchrist4.com. Follow Laura on Twitter at @lauragilchrist4.
The third annual Best Practices Conference, sponsored by the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, Inc. (CSD) and the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC), is coming up at the end of February.
The Best Practices Conference provides St. Louis area educators with ideas and strategies from local teachers and CSD professional developers (including the Virtual Learning Center’s Martha Bogart and Ruth Litman-Block) that have proven effective in making a difference for students and teachers.
Participants can attend four breakout sessions and also hear keynote speaker Tierney Cahill, author of Ms. Cahill for Congress. The book is the story of a fearless teacher, her sixth grade students, and the election that changed their lives.
University City High School’s Margaret Williams, 2008-2009 Missouri Teacher of the Year, will also present. Her session, “Bringing the African-American Experience to Life,” provides suggestions on how to make African-American studies more engaging, yet full of learning. Participants will be involved in activities covering ancient African studies, slavery, and the 20th and 21st centuries. These activities are more than just hands-on- they involve the arts, literature, research, geography, and more.
This year’s conference is next week- February 26 at the Maryland Heights Center, 2344 McKelvey Road. The conference is limited to 200 attendees, so register today to save your place! To register or request more information, please contact Karen Vaughan at 314-692-9731.